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Anthony Hamilton

A soul singer who drew comparisons to such classic vocalists as Bill Withers and Bobby Womack, Anthony Hamilton struggled for the better part of the 1990s as two of his albums went unreleased. While he didn't always get the label support his talent deserved, Hamilton established himself during the 2000s as one of the rawest, most singular, and relatable voices in R&B. He did so while racking up several Top Ten R&B albums and a handful of Grammy nominations.

The Charlotte, North Carolina native got his start at age ten in his church's choir. As a teenager, he transitioned into performing solo at various nightclubs and talent shows. In 1993, while in his early twenties, he moved to New York City, where he signed with André Harrell's Uptown Records, a major source of the new jack swing sound and home to artists such as Jodeci and Mary J. Blige. By 1995, Uptown was set to push Hamilton's debut album, but the company went out of business, leaving the album unreleased.

Hamilton moved to MCA and was finally able to release that debut album, XTC, in 1996. Only one song, "Nobody Else," was released as a single; the song peaked at number 63 on Billboard's R&B chart, and the disc quickly disappeared from view. Another transitional period followed. Hamilton joined Soulife, an upstart venture run by some of his old Charlotte friends. While there, he laid down tracks for another solo album and wrote songs for Donell Jones and Sunshine Anderson. In 2000, he accepted an invitation to sing backup vocals on D'Angelo's Voodoo tour and traveled the world. Upon returning home, Hamilton discovered that Soulife had also gone belly up.

With a second album unreleased, Hamilton spent the next two years selling songs and singing backup for artists including 2Pac and Eve. Then, in 2002 a lead spot singing on the Nappy Roots track "Po' Folks" garnered Hamilton some much-needed attention, as the song was nominated for the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 2003 Grammy Awards. A subsequent gig performing at a Grammy luncheon led to a meeting with producer Jermaine Dupri, who signed the singer to his So So Def label. Technically his fourth album, Comin' from Where I'm From bowed for So So Def in 2003 and featured "Charlene," a classic-sounding Southern soul ballad that reached number three on the R&B chart. In 2005, some of his Soulife recordings were dusted off and polished up for release as Soulife, and the new album Ain't Nobody Worryin' followed later in the year. It was Hamilton's third consecutive Top Ten R&B album. Southern Comfort, released in 2007, was another set of previously unreleased recordings.

The Point of It All, a proper studio release, was issued near the close of 2008. It was overshadowed by Hamilton's contribution to Al Green's "You've Got the Love I Need," which won a 2009 Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance -- that is, until the following Grammy ceremony, when the set received a nomination for Best Traditional R&B Album, with two of its songs also nominated in separate categories. Back to Love followed in 2011. ~ Matt Collar, Rovi
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Anthony is probably my favorite singer of the past decade. Hope he comes to the DMV soon.
Rip sister ilysmmmmmm she loved this song n we been thru alot togethr n immma look out for jay fo u baby❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
Man hard Times!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
scherriepark e r
I love music that has meaning and I can relate too.
edalexx
Everyone listed below, you're such a wonderful audience. Your artistry and critique is so valuable and spans across minds and hearts. Thanks to: (dreamer818_ 2 0 0 0 , Lee Weal, Keke Taylor122, Walker.Tonic a , WaltonTanya, Jalyah Soto, Ronnie, Winfred Wilson, ztcbaker6, workinlady, Leon Cox...Join me soon on my Jazz-Mix &Coffee Chat with the Stars on www.simplyma r v e l o u s c o f f e e . m y o r g a n o g o l d . c o m I will let you know when the videos go live. Love you all...
The Right Reverend Anthony Hamilton.... l u v this dude.
love this song
Tonight at midnight your love will realize he loves u something good will happen to u at 1-4 pm tomorrow it could be anywhere get ready for the shock of your life if u don't post this to 5 other comments you will have bad luck in relationship s for the next 10 years
coaoarider
This should be the song for all those men and women who have destroyed a wonderful relationship and have broke up happy homes, while the real problem came after it and that was the children who suffered.. When one see they can't make it with someone talk it out first, then agree to walk, but not to someone- but to a retreat to review your values and needs first before you break up another heart.... Still Love everyone in and out the body of Christ
oh yeah, nice to hear on a Tuesday morning!!!
Had the opportunity to see him perform at Jazz in the garden. The brother turned it out!!!!! HE TOOK IT TO CHURCH!!!!!!
He has that "old school" voice and vibe...
Kiss your hand and say your crush name and pick a school day and close your hand and say your name post this to 15 more songs and you crush will ask you out
Love this man's voice.
Great soul music.
Love this man. Introduced to him by my oldest brother on a road trip. Miss those road trips!
One of the greatest soulful voice.
Don't read this because it actually works . You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.tomorro w will be the best day of your life . However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters . This is so scary because it actually works.
I love Anthony Hamilton songs he give you something to think about
Sing it Anthony Hamilton ❤️
workinlady
I love me some Anthony that one of my best sing .
I'm right here Anthony. My first love was named Anthony. My name is Charlene. Now isn't that an hmm moment.
venishabutle r . 8 3
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
I love ah is so real
I love Anthony Hammiltons vocals and lyrics I love how he loves charlene I love how he expresses his feelings hes A bad mother f**ker
Baby I've been... love it!
This song takes me back. And to this day I still love it! Real s**t!
Kiss your left hand 5 times then repost this on 5 other songs and u will find a pink phone under your pillow!!!!;)
lovelymissme m e
This mans voice is a blessing
Such a soothing voice.
I remember the first time hearing Anthony Hamilton back in the mid 90's featured on the Nappy Roots song Po Folks.... All my life been poe, but it really don't matter no moe.... Nothing but soul sangin right there....
i pray i meet my Charlene one day
She really say's what is on her mind
She say's what is on her mind
Nothing explains it better than this song
antoniocaldw e l l 1 5
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Anthony Hamilton is from my home state!!! I'm from HIS home state!!! What a coincidence! ! ! OoooooooooKa a y . . . . . ( ? )
We'd is my 09/27/1981,5 5 - 4 1 4 4
This s**t is for real
I love this song. He has an amazing voice!
I love my husband!!!! Sing that s**t Anthony
misstmon
luv me some Anthony Hamilton
Looove it!!!!!
Best Of Me... is a great song! What a way to spend Valentines Day with AH in concert in the STL tonight!!! ♥♫♫
ms.mellie14
You have much luv' , in K town(Killeen , T X ) I'm holding my breath, to see you again!
This is the theme song of me and my mans life ...we coool..no worries
trence57
Smooth R&B.
Please come to Omaha NE.... Pleeeeeese and thank you. Quinceola Cook
We could just sit at home
He is so tight I like
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